{The Weekly Fix} Let’s Talk Toilets

Today on {The Weekly Fix} we’re talking about all things toilet related! We’re going to clean ‘em, plunge ‘em, and stop ‘em from leaking plus I have a little Pinterest BONUS for you at the end!

Check your tread. Change a flat. Take control!

First up let’s clean ‘em (because we’re going to be getting up close an personal so let’s make things tidy before we have get alllll up in that!).

My favorite basic toilet bowl cleaner is vinegar and baking soda. Dump in the vinegar, sprinkle in some baking soda, and scrub it with your toilet brush while it foams like a Science Fair Volcano! Easy, cheap, and without the chemical smell of a commercial product. I’ve used various cleaners over the years, and vinegar and baking soda work as well as any store bought version, and it costs next to nothing!


Next up let’s plunge those toilets! If you’ve ever had a stopped up toilet and stood over the bowl plunging and plunging and plunging … well, you likely have the wrong plunger. I did for YEARS. With the right plunger, this job takes less than a minute! (Side note: If the water looks like it might overflow all the way OU of the toilet, turn the water OFF before you plunge. There is a valve behind your toilet. Righty-tighty, lefty loose-y.)

And now the leaky toilet. I have a confession to make. I’ve had a leaky toilet for a while now … like for ages, and my fix has been to scream “FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE JIGGLE THE HANDLE!!!” every time someone uses that bathroom. Jiggling the handle does work, but it gets old … or in my case simply becomes  a part of our family culture. Ugh. This video shows a few easy fixes for leaky toilets, and the comments include a couple more. After three years of handle-jiggling, all I had to do was clean the flapper and add some petroleum jelly, and I am now jiggle free. (Well, my toilet is at least.)

Okay so these aren’t the most exciting fixes, but at least you know how to do them, right? And as for the Pinterest BONUS? Each week as I’m searching for solutions to our deployment dilemmas, I come across TONS OF GREAT IDEAS that perhaps don’t fit into the “fix” category (like ways to store toilet paper that aren’t obnoxious or printables for remembering how to jump your car). I’ll be adding lots of videos, printables, recipes, decorating tips and other fun stuff to a few new Pinterest Boards! I started with The Weekly Fix: Bathrooms. Check it out! Follow me on Pinterest (and Facebook and Twitter and Instagram …) Let me know what you think!

{The Weekly Fix} Bathrooms

One more thing, I WON’T be here next week with The Weekly Fix}. I will be either in a turkey coma OR digging through box after box of Christmas decorations giggling like a kid in a candy store! BUT I’ll be back in TWO WEEKS with some more great fixes for YOU!

5 Annoying Habits of Commissary Shoppers

If I haven’t made it clear, I am a BIG FAN of the Commissary. It saves me money, and that’s all that matters. I don’t even mind shopping on payday. But I won’t lie. There have been a few times when I left the commissary with as many frustrations as gallons of milk (if you follow me on Instagram, this makes total sense … 6 per week … SIX!).

The problem, however, is NOT the commissary. It’s the shoppers, just a few of them. It seems that in the Commissary we are all in such a hurry to get inside that we leave our manners at the door and rush right past common sense! I don’t understand it, but I’m begging you please! Avoid these 5 Annoying Habits of Commissary Shoppers!

Please don't be THAT commissary shopper!!!



  1. Parking your shopping cart in the middle of the barely-two-carts-wide aisle. Please, for the love of all that is good and right, pick a lane! I get it! The sale price of Cheerios caught my eye, too, but leaving your cart in the middle of the aisle causes (a) a traffic jam and (b) me to want to squish your bread while you’re not looking. One side or the other, please!
  2. And, as long as your picking just one lane, think about the side of the road you drive on. If we all “drive” our carts on our right (because … ‘Merica) we won’t be bumping into each other. It also makes “passing” a little easier because I can anticipate where everyone will be before, during, and after I drive past you while you price check all the brands of ketchup.
  3. Please don’t park on your side and dart in front of me to grab that can of tomatoes without warning. I have a weeks worth of groceries and a 25-pound bag of dog food weighing down my cart as well as a chatty four-year-old demanding my attention. Just like the suicidal squirrel that runs out in from of my SUV, I can’t be held responsible for your poor decisions.
  4. The long lost friends group chat … This suggestion came from my oldest daughter, after we waited for almost five minutes as a group of EIGHT PEOPLE clogged up a busy aisle with a “Hey! Haven’t seen you since that one duty station!” conversation. I’m a little torn on this one because I think those random reunions with people you never thought you’d see again are amazing … but shoppers on both sides of you really do need to get by. Swap numbers. Make plans to meet for coffee. Or possibly just be aware of the shoppers around you and let people by while you reminisce.
  5. And the worst offender: DO NOT shop on payday … and then COMPLAIN that it’s soooo busy! Why? WHY?!? Payday is, always has been, and likely always will be like the bi-monthly Black Friday of the Commissary. People need food, and when they have money, well that seems like a good time to buy it! You really do have two options here. Shop on payday and just roll with it, or simply shop another day or at a different time or at one of the half dozen other grocery stores in the area.

5 Annoying Habits of Commissary Shoppers


If we all use our manners and just try to be nice, we’ll all get through the Commissary a little easier and have a much better shopping experience!

PS: Here’s a bonus tip … possibly more important than all the others. If you see an older shopper, assume they are a Veteran and give them the help and respect they are due. Give them an extra moment or two in the aisle. Offer to help reach that box off the top shelf, and smile and talk with them when they comment on your cute baby. With any luck you will one day be in their shoes, and you will appreciate the kindness of a stranger in an otherwise manner-free shopping experience.

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